THE injury curse has again struck promising young Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins.
Called up to replace veteran quick Ryan Harris during the recent tour of England, the 22-year-old experienced back pain.
Subsequent scans taken on his return to Australia showed an early-stage lumbar bone stress fracture.
Cricket Australia physio David Beakley said the injury would require the New South Welshman to enter into a lengthy re-habilitation program.
Cummins, who was named in the Australian squad for the coming tour of Bangladesh, has had a history of back problems since a man-of-the-match performance in his only Test, against South Africa in 2011.
His place in the squad has been taken by Tasmanian all-rounder James Faulkner, who was fined $A21,000 and left out of the Australian squad for the recent one-day series against England after a drink-driving charge.
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